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Coronavirus Cleaning: How To Properly Disinfect Your Business

The entire business world is wrestling with how to continue operations (plus, support workers and the local economy) while also keeping their workforce safe from the novel coronavirus pandemic. This goes for both large and small businesses and includes manufacturers and hospitals.

Given the ease at which the virus spreads, it’s more important now than ever to keep your business clean and disinfected in an efficient manner. How are industrial cleaners staying ahead of the novel coronavirus?

“With the current Covid-19 outbreak and knowing this need for expert, state of the art infectious disease cleaning is now on the rise, we are now investing in more equipment, new equipment, and an extensive staff training,” said Shelly Koelper, owner of Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana.

With that said, here are steps you and your employees can take to keep your office disinfected.

Make Sure Your Cleaning Kills COVID-19

While washing your hands, applying hand sanitizer and wiping down surfaces is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, not all cleaning solutions kill the virus.

To be sure what you’re using will effectively eliminate the novel coronavirus, the American Chemistry Council released a list of cleaning products that in compliance with the EPA's Emerging Viral Pathogen Guidance for Antimicrobial Pesticides.

Check it to make sure the cleaning supplies you’re using are listed. If your product of choice isn’t listed, look for the items listed when you’re shopping for new supplies. If it is, buy more and keep using it.

Surfaces and often used items need to be cleaned (or at least wiped down) multiple times per day, especially those that often come into contact with people.

Administer Disinfectant to Employees and Encourage them To Wash their Hands

If your business is still operating with employees coming into the office, make sure every employee has disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers at their workstation. Make it as easy as possible to keep their hands, desk and work equipment as clean as possible throughout the day.

At the same time, wipes and hand sanitizers should not replace hand washing. It’s important that employees still wash their hands several times per day.

It also helps if works limit the items they touch on a regular basis. The less they touch, the less the virus can spread.

Encourage Sick Employees to Stay Home

While there are plenty of asymptomatic careers of COVID-19, it still important to request that all employees who feel even slightly under the weather stay home and away from other people, especially if they’re experiencing symptoms related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

According to the World Health Organization, some of the symptoms are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Heavy fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing

Hire an Industrial Cleaner

While the steps listed above are effective ways for your business to stay clean from infectious diseases like the novel coronavirus, there’s still only so much you can do.

That’s why it’s also good to bring in a professional industrial cleaner whenever possible. They often have decades of experience at preventing viruses from spreading.

“We’ve been known as local experts in home and business restoration for the past 27 years, whether that be from water losses, fire or smoke damage, or mold and biohazard cleanup,” Koelper said. “But many local businesses including hospitals, schools and large corporations also know us for our experience and expertise with disinfecting and keeping their facilities safe from airborne pathogens.”

For more information on Paul Davis of Northeast Indiana and our industrial cleaning service, call 260-436-7510 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 

How we can help you and your business during the Coronavirus.

How is Paul Davis able to help you with the Coronavirus outbreak? We are certified to clean and have the equipment ready to go! We are always here in your time of need. If you do not need us, please you this time to be kind and check on your neighbors.

How to Detect Mold in Your Home and Safely Remove It

 

Everyone reacts to mold in their home differently. When some people breathe in spores, they might not show any signs of a response, while others will become seriously ill, especially those with asthma.

Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and throat, dry skin and wheezing. If exposure persists, mold can lead to more serious illnesses, such as severe asthma attacks and fungal sinusitis.

No matter how you or your loved ones react to mold, it’s important to know about the fungus, how to identify signs it’s in your home and how to safely get rid of it.

Signs of Mold

Contrary to popular opinion, if you have mold in your home, it won’t always be visible to the naked eye. You can check the surface of your walls and ceilings, but there’s a good chance if you do have mold, it’s hiding behind the drywall.

A strong indication that you might have mold in your home, even if you can’t see it, is if there’s been moisture on your walls, ceiling or floor, especially for an extended period of time or if you live in a damp or humid area.

This can happen due to a leak in the roof or a muggy summer day.

Another option is to have the air quality in your home tested. There are tests you can buy online or at hardware stores.

If you do happen to see mold spores on your walls, chances are the growth is much worse on the inside.

If this is the case, it’s important to contact a professional such as Steven Mwaniki, an environmental specialist here at Paul Davis Restoration, to check the inside of your walls.

Removing Mold

In almost all cases of mold in your home, it is important to consult a trained professional immediately. While it might be tempting to simply wipe away mold spores, this can actually cause additional harm.

“It's not just spraying a chemical and using a rag to wipe it,” Mwaniki said. “Because when you do that, you have broken the shell of the mold. When you break the shell, that's when the spores release toxins.”

The same goes for trying to use an everyday vacuum cleaner to suck up mold. Chances are, your vacuum’s filter won’t be able to capture all of the mold spores due to how tiny they are.

Professionals will use special equipment designed to suck up mold and mold spores while wearing protective equipment to prevent them from breathing in an spores not captured

Preventing Mold

In addition to watching out for wet or damp areas of your home, the best thing you can do to prevent mold is purchase an air purifier for your home

“If every house had an air purifier, that would help so much. It's only $200 to $300 to buy a nice purifier that you can put it in your house,” said Mwaniki.

While $300 may sound expensive, Mwaniki says the investment is often worth it in the long run.

An air purifier can help mitigate mold and keep your family safe from mold-related illnesses. This will save you from expensive medical bills and costly home restoration projects.

Call in the Professional

Worried about mold in your home? Paul Davis can remove mold and help fix the damage it may have caused. Call 888-473-7669 24 hours a day.

Experts like Steven Mwaniki are available to talk you through your concerns, examine your home and find the best solution to keep you, your family and your home safe from toxic mold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Safety and Prevention Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Fire Safety and Prevention Tips for Homeowners

In recent years, fires spreading across Australia and the western United States have received a significant amount of news coverage, as they should.

These wildfires have been devastating, but for those of us here in Indiana, our fire risk is within our homes. The good news is that you can have a direct impact on preventing a house fire by adhering to safety tips and taking proper precautions.

THE KITCHEN

In most homes, cooking is an everyday occurrence, but using the stove and oven — whether electrical or gas — is one of the main causes of house fires.

This can happen for a multitude of reasons, from forgetting to turn off the burners all the way to leaving food cooking in the oven while you’re out of the house. Burners also get turned on by mistake more often than one might think, which is why it’s important to keep flammable materials (think paper towels and napkins) away from the stove at all times.

“I've even heard of fires starting because a pet turns on a stove and there's something flammable on or near the stove that starts a fire,” Rebecca Serratos, the Emergency Services Administrator at Paul Davis Restoration of Northeast Indiana, said. “If you have like pets and young ones that could touch those dials, it might be a good idea to just take those off or use some kind of a safety device to make sure that they can't be turned on unintentionally.”

Another common cause for house fires is when grease accumulates inside the oven or on the stove. Even when dry, grease can catch fire and cause a significant problem. That’s why you should clean your stovetop and oven regularly.

HOME APPLIANCES

Even outside of the kitchen, there are a number of home appliances that can cause house fires.

The two most problematic household appliances are your dryer and a space heater. That doesn’t mean you should avoid using either, but you should take the proper precautions and adhere to preventative maintenance tips when using them. 

“It's important after every load in the dryer to make sure you're cleaning out that lint trap. If lint accumulates in there, that could start a fire,” Serratos said. “Having your dryer vent cleaned is something that you can do yourself with supplies found at a hardware store. There are also companies, including Paul Davis, that will come out and clean that vent. That's recommended annually.”

Space heaters, on the other hand, can cause fires when left unattended, on for too long or near flammable materials, such as a blanket, papers or chemicals.

When using a space heater, it’s important to monitor them carefully to prevent a fire. Never leave a space heater on in an empty room, even if there’s an auto-shutoff feature.

Lastly, appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons should be turned off and unplugged when they’re not in use.

ELECTRICAL WIRING

Faulty and exposed wires can spark and cause fires in your home, which often happens because of poor installation.

“There's definitely a lot of things out of your control,” Serratos said. “The thing about electrical is you don't know that there's an issue until you have a problem most of the time, but if you are doing anything with your circuit breaker, like you're adding circuits or if you decide to add some recessed lighting, get a qualified electrician to assist with that. It's not the greatest DIY project.”

Other wiring issues can come from extension cords and Christmas lights.

Old and worn out extension cords may have exposed wires that can malfunction and overheat, which is why it’s important to check them before use, especially if you have pets that could chew on them or if they were left outside or in the garage. You’ll also want to make sure you uncoil all extension cords to prevent them from overheating and melting the protective plastic.

Christmas tree lights should never be left on overnight or when no one is home in case there’s an issue or a pet chews on the cords. It’s also important to adhere to the recommended number of strands you’re allowed to link together.

WHAT IF A FIRE STARTS IN YOUR HOME?

If a fire does start in your home, the first thing you’ll want to do is get out of your home in the safest way possible and then call 911 immediately. When exiting your home, stay low to the ground to avoid inhaling smoke and other toxic fumes. Touch all doorknobs with the back of your hands to make sure they’re not too hot to grab.

It’s also recommended that you and your family sleep with your doors shut. In the event of a fire, a closed door can help keep smoke and toxic fumes away while you sleep and give you and your family more time to escape.

Smoke detectors are also lifesavers, which is why it’s important to check that they’re in good working condition on a regular basis. Change the batteries at the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time every year.

CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS

Experience fire damage? Paul Davis can help restore your home after a fire. Call 888-473-7669 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If your home is damaged by fire, it’s critical to contact a company that specializes in the fire and smoke restoration process as soon as possible to prevent additional damage. Your local Paul Davis is available 24/7 to help minimize the cost of fire and smoke damage to your home.

Paul Davis can also help commercial businesses plan for fire safety and prevention, including going over safety precautions and preparing strategies to get everyone out of the building safely.